New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) In the past 14 days of the lockdown, budget carrier SpiceJet has emerged as a cargo major by transporting over 1,400 tonnes of goods, mainly medical supplies, across the country. It’s almost double of all other airlines combined.
It operated around 200 domestic and international cargo flights, the largest number of trips, during the period. Most of these cargo flights were free of cost and as a part of efforts to aid the Centre’s fight against Covid-19.
Ajay Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, SpiceJet, said, “Since the lockdown, we have carried more than 1,400 tonnes of cargo by operating around 200 domestic and international flights.”
On Tuesday, the budget airline operated the country’s first cargo-on-seat Delhi-Chennai flight, carrying 11 tonnes of essential supplies in the passenger cabin and belly space. The airline deployed a Boeing 737 NG aircraft after approvals from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
“Today, for the first time in the country, we used a passenger aircraft to transport cargo where in addition to the belly space the passenger cabin was used to carry essential supplies,” he said.
The aircraft will make five rotations on Tuesday, ensuring delivery of essential supplies in the shortest possible time.
“We have also put our five freighters to transport cold-chain medical supplies, medicines, medical devices for various states, medical and pharma companies,” Singh said.